REEF Technology and Detroit Pistons Team Up To Launch Exclusive "Pistons Dish" Culinary Partnership

Thursday, Mar 11, 2021 - 3 mins

  • The leader in ghost kitchens and three-time NBA Champions are creating a Pistons-inspired original menu delivered directly to Detroiters
  • REEF’s arrival in Detroit will see over 200 Detroiters hired through Detroit At Work partnership

Detroit, MI – March 12, 2021 — REEF Technology, the largest operator of mobility, logistics hubs, and kitchens, today announced its partnership with the Detroit Pistons. Together, the two teams are creating a unique Pistons-inspired menu that offers contemporary cuisine and shareable bites. To date, REEF Neighborhood Kitchens operates 120 kitchens serving communities in 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada. The Detroit Pistons partnership marks REEF Neighborhood Kitchens’ first foray into the market, an extension of the brand’s mission to connect communities through the power of food.

As part of REEF’s local hiring efforts, REEF is partnering with the city of Detroit’s Detroit at Work job development program to connect Detroit job-seekers to a variety of exciting job opportunities available within its kitchens business. REEF anticipates hiring upwards of 200-plus employees in the coming months. Positions include but are not limited to prep and line cooks, assistant kitchen supervisors and drivers. REEF is committed to providing competitive pay compared to similar positions within the Detroit market. Interested applicants can apply here.

Additionally, the partnership with the Detroit Pistons is REEF’s first collaboration with a professional sports team, and the Pistons’ first venture into the ghost kitchen space. Together, they are providing the Motor City with Pistons-inspired appetizers, entrees, beverages and select Pistons merchandise via DoorDash, GrubHub, Seamless and Uber Eats.

Hero menu items include:

  • Hooper’s Honey Walnut Shrimp – Real starting lineup material. Generously battered, golden deep-fried shrimp tossed with walnuts and honey sauce. Served with piping hot sauteed Hong Kong vegetables steaming Basmati rice.

  • Fast Break Falafel – For the meat-free fan. Soft, buttery vegan falafel, crispy sauteed zucchini and scallions, and warm, fluffy Basmati rice anchor this lineup topped with a creamy Greek dill yogurt.

  • Mack Ave & Cheese Sando – Silky smooth and ridiculous good. Soft macaroni covered in a trifecta of melty American, Provolone and Cheddar Jack then topped with candied bacon and chipotle sauce. Served inside two thick-cut slices of sourdough toasted with garlic butter.

  • Power Double Forward Bowl – Fit for NBA sized hunger. Grilled adobo marinated chicken thighs served on fluffy Basmati rice, buttery Charro Pinto beans and crisp kale, then topped with generous portions of diced pico de gallo, creamy guac, and shredded Cheddar Jack.

“At REEF we’re committed to connecting the world to your block and in Detroit, fewer things mean the center of the universe than the beloved Pistons,” said Alan Philips, REEF’s Chief Creative Officer. “In a time where sports remain spectator-less and fans are craving that live stadium experience, we’re excited to bring the same energy home to Pistons fans and foodies. We look forward to being a part of Motor City and tapping the talented local workforce to bring this experience to life.”

“We are very excited to collaborate with REEF to build Pistons Dish and give the city of Detroit an all-new culinary experience,” said Alicia Jeffreys, SVP of Marketing for the Detroit Pistons. “In addition to providing Pistons-inspired menu offerings for Detroiters, we are thrilled that this partnership will create employment opportunities for our community alongside Detroit at Work.”

REEF is continuing to grow in communities and connect more cities with their local restaurants and businesses. REEF provides a turnkey, zero capital investment solution for domestic and international restaurateurs looking to launch or scale their business.

Interested restaurateurs can visit www.reeftechnology.com/kitchens.

About REEF Technology

REEF’s mission is to connect the world to your block. We transform underutilized spaces into neighborhood hubs that connect people to local goods, services, and experiences. With an ecosystem of 4,500 locations and a team of 15,000 people, REEF is one of the largest operators of mobility, logistics hubs, and Neighborhood Kitchens in North America. Together we are leveraging the power of proximity to keep our communities moving forward in a sustainable and thoughtful way. For more information, visit reeftechnology.com.

About Detroit Pistons

Since their arrival in 1957, the Detroit Pistons have become one of the most storied franchises in the NBA. With over 2,300 regular-season and playoff victories, the club has celebrated three NBA Championships (1989, 1990, 2004), five NBA Finals appearances (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005) and 11 Eastern Conference Finals appearances. In October 2019, the club opened the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center located in the New Center area, a campus that serves as the organization’s practice facility and corporate headquarters. Since its purchase by Michigan native Tom Gores in 2011, the organization has focused on operating as a community asset while promoting a culture of innovation and industry-leading thought.



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